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Books For Brides

.... And Grooms, Too

McHenry County Magazine

The new year always brings with it a new crop of couples who are engaged. They start their search for venues, dates and dresses. I should know, because a year ago I got engaged to the love of my life, and I will be tying the knot this April!

You can be sure that when I first got engaged, my inspiration immediately went to books. A Pinterest board is a wonderful way to get ideas organized, but I really wanted to see a spread of ideas on paper first.

If you’re not getting married but know someone who is, treat your soon-to-be-married couple to a new book for inspiration and organization.

Here are a few books that I would recommend for anyone planning their upcoming nuptials:

A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process)   
by Meg Keene
Meg Keene published her first practical wedding guide in 2011 and it was an instant classic. Newly-engaged couples will benefit from this newest edition, just out last month. Keene’s style is so refreshing. Her humor brings lightness to the stress of wedding planning, along with consistent themes that every couple takes into consideration (budgets, location, etc). This is the perfect starting point for any engaged couple.

Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration               

by Abby Larson
Every new bride-to-be needs some eye candy. As an avid blog reader, I couldn’t wait to check out this book, and trust me, it does not disappoint! The book focuses on the idea of a “bespoke” wedding — a wedding that that is tailor-made to fit your vision. With some general ideas in mind, I could start getting inspiration for the kind of wedding I wanted and (perhaps more importantly) the kind of wedding I didn’t want! Pick this book up for a visual treat, one to be kept as a coffee table book even after the wedding.
*For more Chicago-based inspiration, check out Style Me Pretty’s dedicated section: http://www.stylemepretty.com/illinois-weddings/chicago/

[Hers] The Knot Book of Wedding Lists                                                                              by Carley Roney & Editors of The Knot
I love lists! Grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, you name it. When I stumbled upon this little portable treasure, I knew I had to get a copy. Each chapter features a different itemized list for each category of planning your wedding  — the ceremony, reception, flowers ... even transportation. This book was so handy to bring with me to prospective venues and other professional meet-and-greets (i.e. when photographer, entertainment, etc.). And the registry? Piece of cake!

[His] The Groom’s Instruction Manual: How to Survive and Possibly Even Enjoy the Most Bewildering Ceremony Known to Man    
by Shandon Fowler
A wedding simply cannot be planned alone. I bought this book as a gag gift for my fiancé, but it ended up being quite useful! In typical bridezilla fashion, I wanted to control many factors of our wedding. But at the end of the day, I knew this wedding was a day to celebrate our union, not just the perfect celebration of my style of entertaining. This can help get the groom in gear for the day, with some light pointers on how to keep bridezilla at bay.

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